Young persons may not remember the Green Day days before American Idiot. 1994's Dookie was an absolute pop-punk masterpiece (the word "punk" is used in a liberal sense here). It sold over 15 million, and spawned some pretty rad trends. The followup album (Insomniac) was just as good. And so was the next (Nimrod). This year's 21st Century Breakdown is poised to be another notch in the band's belt (they've kept the goth/emo/whatever-this-decade-calls-it look). Sometimes a history lesson can show you just how good a band was, is, and will be--and here we go.
Dir: Mark Kohr
This is the song and the video that launched the San Fran trio into the rock heavens. Anyone else remember when MTV used to countdown the 100 best videos of the year on New Year's Eve? I doubt they still do it anymore (or they only play clips or something lame), but this was the video of the year in '94. I almost lost my mind when I first saw Tre Cool on those duct taped drums just killing it. Mark Kohr kinda became the de facto GD director after this, probably from this one's massive success.
Dir: Roman Coppola
Oh, these lovable scamps. Walking around like the Mr. Magoo with no cares in the universe. Maybe the best part (apart from the cop car flying through the air and hitting a traffic light) is Tre Cool's smirk when he finds some money right under the precariously lifting piano. A nice little two minute anthem from Insomniac.
"Nice Guys Finish Last"
Dir: Evan Bernard
Straight out of an NFL Films daydream! The basic plot is the band wants to perform a concert, much like executing a drive to the end zone. Two great moments are when Tre Cool mouths "Hi, Mom!" into the camera like a primetime rookie, and when Billie Joe checks his setlist like he's a QB. Just brilliant ideas here.
[TO BE CONTINUED...]
best of the decade (5) updates (5) BOTY (4) cameos galore (4) 1989 (3) 1993 (3) 1998 (3) links (3) musicology (3) 1982 (2) 1991 (2) 1992 (2) 1996 (2) 1999 (2) best of the year 2010 (2) green day (2) michael jackson (2) movie homage (2) prince (2) sean combs (2) snoop dogg (2) 1985 (1) 1988 (1) 1994 (1) 1997 (1) 2001 (1) 2005 (1) 2010 (1) 2012 (1) 2013 (1) 2014 (1) 2pac (1) andy morahan (1) beck (1) best of the year 2008 (1) best of the year 2009 (1) best of the year 2011 (1) best of the year 2012 (1) best of the year 2013 (1) best of the year 2015 (1) best of the year 2016 (1) best of the year 2017 (1) best of the year 2018 (1) bruce gowers (1) cartoon (1) chinese democracy (1) comics (1) david lee roth (1) dre (1) early CGI (1) eddie murphy (1) faith no more (1) fine young cannibals (1) guns n roses (1) john landis (1) kevin altieri (1) marcus nispel (1) mellencamp (1) pearl jam (1) pedro romhanyi (1) peter conn (1) smashing pumpkins (1) steve miller band (1) wayne isham (1)